“Breaking Bad” season 5 offered up the episode “Hazard Pay” Sunday night and it set the scene for a power struggle between Mike and Walter. Mike’s comment to Walter said it perfectly, “Just because you shot Jesse James doesn’t make you Jesse James.” The war has begun.
The first new batch of meth that Walt and Jesse cook post-Gus netted them over 3 million dollars, but split three ways only gave them $135,000 each after Mike took cuts out for everybody and their cousin. He tells Walt that he’s paying “my guys” their hazard pay while they are in jail.
Walt’s not buying this since he had nothing to do with Mikes “guys,” but he reluctantly hands over the money after Jesse stops a brewing fight by telling them to just take it all out of his cut. Even Screen Rant suggests that Mike taking over won’t last long with Walt.
While Walt walks away with a fraction of what he thought he could get, his wheels are turning, after all he got rid of Gus, so what’s stopping him from another obstacle once he learns the “business end” of the ropes? Is the “Scarface” movie clip a hint of things to come?
Walt is more full of himself now than he’s ever been, he moves back in on Skylar without so much as giving her a heads up. While this doesn’t appear to sit well with Skylar, she’s not going to tell him “no” because she’s petrified of him.
The new system they are using to cook the meth is ingenious on the part of “Breaking Bad” creators. Walt and Jesse will spend time cooking in homes that are being tented and fumigated. They will cook and get out in time for the pest control guys, who are working with them, to do their job.
The tented houses are perfect, no one can or would want to go into a place that’s just been pumped full of poison. The smell of the meth cooking will be tied into the fumigation smells. It’s a win-win situation for Walt and Jesse.
Mike is not Walt’s only problem as next week’s “Breaking Bad” preview shows Hank back on the trail of meth cookers. Even though Gus is gone, there’s still someone else out there cooking and Hank aims to find the guy. It looks as if he may have a thought about his brother-in-law, but he hasn’t said anything about Walt yet!
Reference: Screen Rant, Breaking Bad season 5 episode “Hazard Pay”
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